Former Pittsburgh Steelers Center Dermontti Dawson is the closest he's been in years to getting the call from the Hall Of Fame selection committee. This time around he could possibly get the call to join the many other Pittsburgh Steelers that already are enshrined in Canton Ohio.
For the third consecutive year, Dawson has an opportunity to join Mike Webster in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He is among 17 finalists, including two former teammates — running back Jerome Bettis and defensive end Kevin Greene.
Dawson was a seven time Pro Bowl selection and a six time first team All-Pro.
Dawson's career can be defined by its longevity. He didn't miss a game during an 11-year stretch in which he became one of the league's most dominant offensive linemen.
He ruptured a hamstring in the 1999 Pro Bowl that ultimately led to his retirement. He spent the '99 and 2000 seasons trying to fight his way back. But when he tore his hamstring for a third time, he decided to walk away, albeit reluctantly.
"It was just one of those things were my body couldn't take the stress anymore," said Dawson, who played in three AFC championship games and Super Bowl XXX. "I wanted to play a few more years, but I had to come to realization that I wasn't going to play."
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